SCHOOL pupils ditched the classroom to dance their way to a better mindset in aid of mental health awareness week.

The Marist School in Sunningdale gathered students together from the preparatory and senior levels to participate in a 30-minute Zumba session.

Students got to experience a professional class, led by Becca, a dance instructor at Natalie Vinson School of Dance and Drama.

Claudia and Naoise, head girls at The Marist School, said: “We wanted to organise an event which would really engage with pupils while promoting the importance of looking after your mental health and physical wellbeing.

“It was fantastic to see so many girls and staff enjoying the session and taking time out of studying to keeping active and bonding with friends.

“We hope this will inspire pupils to keep up the good work.”

The whole school zumba session was organised as part of the Head Girls' legacy project designed to make a lasting impact on the school through a life skills programme.

The school in Sunningdale aims to place a great emphasis on physical health and mental well being as the zumba session aims to help towards the schools application to receive a Wellbeing Award for Schools.

Karl McCloskey, principal at The Marist, said: "The mission of our school is 'living life in all its fullness'.

"This holistic view embraces intellectual, physical, social and emotional wellness in equal measure for ever member of the The Marist."